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  • A Spy Among Friends

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    By Ben Macintyre, John Le Carre (Afterword by)
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    Riveting! A Spy Among Friends chronicles the incredible career of Kim Philby: British gentleman, M16 officer, husband, father, friend--and Soviet spy. With his trademark impeccable research and a flair for the humorous as well as the dramatic, Ben Macintyre tells a fascinating story culminating in a betrayal both political and personal.

    ~Fiona

    — From A Spy Among Friends

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    Master storyteller Ben Macintyre's most ambitious work to date brings to life the twentieth century's greatest spy story.

    Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War--while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby's best friend and fellow officer in MI6. The two men had gone to the same schools, belonged to the same exclusive clubs, grown close through the crucible of wartime intelligence work and long nights of drink and revelry. It was madness for one to think the other might be a communist spy, bent on subverting Western values and the power of the free world.

    But Philby was secretly betraying his friend. Every word Elliott breathed to Philby was transmitted back to Moscow--and not just Elliott's words, for in America, Philby had made another powerful friend: James Jesus Angleton, the crafty, paranoid head of CIA counterintelligence. Angleton's and Elliott's unwitting disclosures helped Philby sink almost every important Anglo-American spy operation for twenty years, leading countless operatives to their doom. Even as the web of suspicion closed around him, and Philby was driven to greater lies to protect his cover, his two friends never abandoned him--until it was too late. The stunning truth of his betrayal would have devastating consequences on the two men who thought they knew him best, and on the intelligence services he left crippled in his wake.

    Told with heart-pounding suspense and keen psychological insight, and based on personal papers and never-before-seen British intelligence files, A Spy Among Friends is Ben Macintyre's best book yet, a high-water mark in Cold War history telling.

    From the Hardcover edition.

    About the Author


    BEN MACINTYRE is a writer-at-large for The Times of London and the bestselling author of Double Cross, Operation Mincemeat, Agent Zigzag, The Napoleon of Crime, and Forgotten Fatherland, among other books. Macintyre has also written and presented BBC documentaries of his work. From the Hardcover edition.
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    ISBN: 9780804136655
    ISBN-10: 0804136653
    Publisher: Broadway Books
    Publication Date: May 12th, 2015
    Pages: 384
    Language: English
  • Euphoria

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    Inspired by real life events in New Guinea during the 1930’s.  Margaret Mead and Andrew Bankson were doing research - they met and the rest is a story of discovering and, oh yes, love.  Lily King has written a dazzling fiction.

    A New York Times Best Book of 2014

    — Frayda

    Inspired by real life events in New Guinea during the 1930’s.  Margaret Mead and Andrew Bankson were doing research - they met and the rest is a story of discovering and, oh yes, love.  Lily King has written a dazzling fiction.

    ~Frayda

    — From Euphoria

    June 2014 Indie Next List


    “Loosely based on Margaret Mead's time in Papua New Guinea, this engaging, insightful novel features three young anthropologists in the 1930s who studied the remote, primitive Sepik River tribes. Euphoria is about cutting-edge research and revolutionary ideas, but inevitably it is also about the complications within the scholars' relationships when societal norms are stripped away, and love, greed, jealousy, and control are left unfettered. Artfully narrated, alternating between first person and third person as well as journal entries, King's novel offers a unique view into these rich and complicated characters.”
    — Katie McDougall, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN

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    A New York Times Bestseller
    Winner of the 2014 Kirkus Prize
    Winner of the 2014 New England Book Award for Fiction
    A Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award
    A Best Book of the Year for:
    New York Times Book Review, Time, NPR, Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Newsday, Vogue, New York Magazine, Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, The Guardian, Kirkus Reviews, Amazon, Publishers Weekly, Our Man in Boston, Oprah.com, Salon

    Euphoria is Lily King's nationally bestselling breakout novel of three young, gifted anthropologists of the '30's caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives. Inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is "dazzling ... suspenseful ... brilliant...an exhilarating novel."--Boston Globe

    About the Author


    Lily King is the author of the novels The Pleasing Hour, The English Teacher, and Father of the Rain, a New York Times Editor's Choice and winner of the New England Book Award for Fiction. King is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and the Maine Fiction Award twice. She lives with her husband and children in Maine.
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    ISBN: 9780802123701
    ISBN-10: 0802123708
    Publisher: Grove Press
    Publication Date: April 14th, 2015
    Pages: 288
    Language: English
  • The Red Notebook

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    By Antoine Laurain, Jane Aitken (Translator), Emily Boyce (Translator)
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    By the author of The President’s Hat, an utterly charming, very French story of a bookseller, a stolen purse, and a cat -- the interconnectedness of lost objects. Wonderful, merveilleux!

    ~Marion

     

    — From The Red Notebook

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    "Laurain presents the story as if it were reportage, but with the confidence of an age-old storyteller."--San Francisco Book Review

    "Laurain's gentle, satirical humor remind this reviewer of Jacques Tati's classic films, and, no, you don't have to know French politics to enjoy this charming novel. Fans of Muriel Barbery's The Elegance of the Hedgehog will want this."--Library Journal

    "A hymn to la vie Parisienne . . . enjoy it for its fabulistic narrative, and the way it teeters pleasantly on the edge of Gallic whimsy."--The Guardian

    Heroic bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street. There's nothing in the bag to indicate who it belongs to, although there's all sorts of other things in it. Laurent feels a strong impulse to find the owner and tries to puzzle together who she might be from the contents of the bag. Especially a red notebook with her jottings, which really makes him want to meet her. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?

    The Red Notebook has already been sold in twelve different languages. French TV is making a film of The President's Hat and the movie rights of The Red Notebook have been sold to UGC.

    Antoine Laurain was born in Paris. He is the author of five novels, including The President's Hat.

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    ISBN: 9781908313867
    ISBN-10: 1908313862
    Publisher: Gallic Books
    Publication Date: April 7th, 2015
    Pages: 240
    Language: English
  • Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times

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    By Emma Trevayne, Glenn Thomas (Illustrator)
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    This is a strange and beautiful steampunk adventure for middle grade readers! Jack slips into a marvelous world of soot and steel, of clockwork girls and flying ships. But in this fabulous city, Jack is in terrible danger…

    ~Fiona

    — From Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times

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    A boy discovers a mysterious mechanical world he may never escape in this steampunk fantasy that's "a thrill a minute" (Kirkus Reviews), set in nineteenth-century England.

    Ten-year-old Jack Foster has stepped through a doorway and into quite a different London.

    Londinium is a smoky, dark, and dangerous place, home to mischievous metal fairies and fearsome clockwork dragons that breathe scalding steam. The people wear goggles to protect their eyes, brass grill insets in their nostrils to filter air, or mechanical limbs to replace missing ones.

    Over it all rules the Lady, and the Lady has demanded a new son--a perfect flesh-and-blood child. She has chosen Jack. His only hope of escape lies with a legendary clockwork bird.

    The Gearwing grants wishes--or it did, before it was broken--before it was killed. But some things don't stay dead forever.

    Fans of books like Splendors and Glooms and Doll Bones will find Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times irresistible.
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    ISBN: 9781442498792
    ISBN-10: 144249879X
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Publication Date: May 12th, 2015
    Pages: 336
    Language: English
  • Fourth of July Creek

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    This compelling first novel depicts our nation’s social disquiet and violent contradictions.  Brilliant writing!

    ~Frayda

    — From Fourth of July Creek

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    In this shattering and iconic American novel, PEN prize-winning writer, Smith Henderson explores the complexities of freedom, community, grace, suspicion and anarchy, brilliantly depicting our nation's disquieting and violent contradictions.

    After trying to help Benjamin Pearl, an undernourished, nearly feral eleven-year-old boy living in the Montana wilderness, social worker Pete Snow comes face to face with the boy's profoundly disturbed father, Jeremiah. With courage and caution, Pete slowly earns a measure of trust from this paranoid survivalist itching for a final conflict that will signal the coming End Times.

    But as Pete's own family spins out of control, Pearl's activities spark the full-blown interest of the F.B.I., putting Pete at the center of a massive manhunt from which no one will emerge unscathed.

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    ISBN: 9780062286468
    ISBN-10: 0062286463
    Publisher: Ecco Press
    Publication Date: March 10th, 2015
    Pages: 480
    Language: English
  • Lies I Told

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    For Grace Fontaine’s family, life is all about The Con. They move from state to state, infiltrating high society to steal money, information, and gold. But Grace is ready to give it up…A thrilling tale of high-stakes deception. I could not put it down - ready for the sequel!

    ~ Antonia

    — From Lies I Told

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    Grace Fontaine has everything: beauty, money, confidence, and the perfect family. But it's all a lie.

    Grace has been adopted into a family of thieves who con affluent people out of money, jewelry, art, and anything else of value. Grace has never had any difficulty pulling off a job, but when things start to go wrong on the Fontaines' biggest heist yet, Grace finds herself breaking more and more of the rules designed to keep her from getting caught . . . including the most important one of all: never fall for your mark.

    Perfect for fans of Ally Carter and Robin Benway, this thrilling, high-stakes novel deftly explores the roles of identity and loyalty while offering a window into the world of the rich and fabulous.

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    ISBN: 9780062327123
    ISBN-10: 0062327127
    Publisher: Harper Teen
    Publication Date: April 7th, 2015
    Pages: 352
    Language: English
    Series: Lies I Told
  • H is for Hawk

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    If there were an award for the best book that defies genre, this is it. To be read slowly for the pleasure of language and style. Four stars!

    ~Frayda

    — From H is for Hawk

    March 2015 Indie Next List


    “This is a superbly crafted memoir, incredibly original in its depth and visceral impact. The author swings back and forth between her own desire to train a goshawk and her research of that same need documented by T.H. White. Self-deprecating humor vies with wonder and grief as Macdonald manages to make the reader see, hear, and feel every aspect of this incredible journey. A marvelous read.”
    — Karen Frank, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT

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    One of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year
    ON MORE THAN 25 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR LISTS: including TIME (#1 Nonfiction Book), NPR, O, The Oprah Magazine (10 Favorite Books), Vogue (Top 10), Vanity Fair, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle (Top 10), Miami Herald, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top 10), Library Journal (Top 10), Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Slate, Shelf Awareness, Book Riot, Amazon (Top 20)

    The instant New York Times bestseller and award-winning sensation, Helen Macdonald's story of adopting and raising one of nature's most vicious predators has soared into the hearts of millions of readers worldwide. Fierce and feral, her goshawk Mabel's temperament mirrors Helen's own state of grief after her father's death, and together raptor and human "discover the pain and beauty of being alive" (People). H Is for Hawk is a genre-defying debut from one of our most unique and transcendent voices.

    About the Author


    Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, illustrator and naturalist, and an affiliated research scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of the bestselling H Is for Hawk, as well as a cultural history of falcons, titled Falcon, and three collections of poetry, including Shaler's Fish. Macdonald was a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge, has worked as a professional falconer, and has assisted with the management of raptor research and conservation projects across Eurasia. She now writes for the New York Times Magazine. Twitter: @HelenJMacdonald
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    ISBN: 9780802123411
    ISBN-10: 0802123414
    Publisher: Grove Press
    Publication Date: March 3rd, 2015
    Pages: 288
    Language: English
  • Family Life

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    This is a beautifully composed, tender, true novel. How Akhil Sharma managed to mix sadness and hope is a marvel. Family Life is a very fine novel and absorbing read. Highly recommended!

    — Susan

    A sad story becomes fascinating as you follow a young boy's coming of age in an immigrant family struck by tragedy.  Crisply and lovingly told, this is a tale to ponder long after it ends, not least of which because it's true.

    ~Molly

    — From Family Life

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    We meet the Mishra family in Delhi in 1978, where eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother Birju play cricket in the streets, waiting for the day when their plane tickets will arrive and they and their mother can fly across the world and join their father in America. America to the Mishras is, indeed, everything they could have imagined and more: when automatic glass doors open before them, they feel that surely they must have been mistaken for somebody important. Pressing an elevator button and the elevator closing its doors and rising, they have a feeling of power at the fact that the elevator is obeying them. Life is extraordinary until tragedy strikes, leaving one brother severely brain-damaged and the other lost and virtually orphaned in a strange land. Ajay, the family's younger son, prays to a God he envisions as Superman, longing to find his place amid the ruins of his family's new life.

    Heart-wrenching and darkly funny, Family Life is a universal story of a boy torn between duty and his own survival.

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    ISBN: 9780393350609
    ISBN-10: 0393350606
    Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    Publication Date: February 2nd, 2015
    Pages: 240
    Language: English
  • Born with Teeth

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    O captain, my captain! Even if you’re not a fan of Star Trek: Voyager or Orange is the New Black, Mulgrew’s lyrical, honest voice makes this extraordinary memoir well worth reading. It’s a truly compelling self-portrait, rich in complexity, of a remarkable life.

    ~Fiona

    — From Born with Teeth

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    Raised by unconventional Irish Catholics who knew "how to drink, how to dance, how to talk, and how to stir up the devil," Kate Mulgrew grew up with poetry and drama in her bones. But in her mother, a would-be artist burdened by the endless arrival of new babies, young Kate saw the consequences of a dream deferred. Determined to pursue her own no matter the cost, at 18 she left her small Midwestern town for New York, where, studying with the legendary Stella Adler, she learned the lesson that would define her as an actress: "Use it," Adler told her. Whatever disappointment, pain, or anger life throws in your path, channel it into the work.

    It was a lesson she would need. At twenty-two, just as her career was taking off, she became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter. Having already signed the adoption papers, she was allowed only a fleeting glimpse of her child. As her star continued to rise, her life became increasingly demanding and fulfilling, a whirlwind of passionate love affairs, life-saving friendships, and bone-crunching work. Through it all, Mulgrew remained haunted by the loss of her daughter, until, two decades later, she found the courage to face the past and step into the most challenging role of her life, both on and off screen.

    We know Kate Mulgrew for the strong women she's played--Captain Janeway on Star Trek; the tough-as-nails "Red" on Orange is the New Black. Now, we meet the most inspiring and memorable character of all: herself. By turns irreverent and soulful, laugh-out-loud funny and heart-piercingly sad, BORN WITH TEETH is the breathtaking memoir of a woman who dares to live life to the fullest, on her own terms.

    About the Author


    Kate Mulgrew is an American actress noted for her roles as Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager, Mary Ryan on Ryan's Hope, and, most recently, Galina "Red" Reznikov on Orange Is the New Black. She has performed in numerous television shows, theater productions, and movies. She is the winner of a Golden Satellite Award, a Saturn Award, and an Obie Award and has been nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy.


    Coverage from NPR

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    ISBN: 9780316334310
    ISBN-10: 0316334316
    Publisher: Little Brown and Company
    Publication Date: April 14th, 2015
    Pages: 320
    Language: English
  • Soil

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    Mississippi has done it again - a killer story told in killer language. Hope and innocence against the backdrop of choked river bottoms and darkness. Everything a good southern novel can be - hilarious and disturbing.

    ~Frayda

     

    — From Soil

    March 2015 Indie Next List


    “In his debut novel, Kornegay has confidently announced himself as a writer to watch. Centered around Jay Mize, an idealistic farmer whose luck just keeps breaking bad, the story kicks into high gear when Jay discovers a corpse on his failing farm. Fearing he is being framed by his less progressive neighbors, Jay hides the discovery rather than reporting it. Kornegay expertly heightens the tension, tightening the screws on the increasingly paranoid Jay in a way that makes it impossible for the reader to put the book down. With Soil, Kornegay joins Wiley Cash and Tom Franklin as a strong voice in the world of Southern gothic fiction.”
    — Josh Christie, Sherman's Book & Stationary, Bar Harbor, ME

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    A darkly comic debut novel by an independent bookseller about an idealistic young farmer who moves his family to a Mississippi flood basin, suffers financial ruin--and becomes increasingly paranoid he's being framed for murder.

    It all began with a simple dream. An ambitious young environmental scientist hoped to establish a sustainable farm on a small patch of river-bottom land nestled among the Mississippi hills. Jay Mize convinced his wife Sandy to move their six-year-old son away from town and to a rich and lush parcel where Jacob could run free and Jay could pursue the dream of a new and progressive agriculture for the twenty-first century. He did not know that within a year he'd be ruined, that flood and pestilence would invade his fledgling farm or that his wife and son would leave him to pick up the pieces by himself.

    When Jay Mize discovers a corpse on his property, he is sure his bad luck has come to a head and he is being framed. Were Jay in his right mind, he might have reported the body to the police at the very same moment they were searching for a missing tourist from Ohio. He might have not dragged the body back to his farm under the cover of night and spent hours disposing of it. But Jay Mize is not in his right mind. His mounting paranoia is accelerated by a hot-rod local deputy, nosing around with questions about the missing tourist and making dark comments about Jay's estranged wife Sandy. It's enough to make an honest man a maniac...

    Drawing on elements of classic Southern noir, dark comedy, and modern dysfunction, Jamie Kornegay's novel is about the gravitational pull of one man's apocalypse and the hope that maybe, just maybe, he can be reeled in from the brink. Readers will "applaud the arrival of an exquisitely deranged new voice to American fiction" (Jonathan Miles, award-winning author of Want Not and Dear American Airlines).


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    ISBN: 9781476750811
    ISBN-10: 1476750815
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Publication Date: March 10th, 2015
    Pages: 368
    Language: English

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